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Following the Twitter chat held on Monday 10th June organised by The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA), find the discussion questions and engage:

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Knowledge Management

Identification and documentation of county innovations, best practices and other successful initiatives to transform service delivery in the country.

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Anti Corruption CoP

What should Kenya do to enhance the fight against corruption? Join the discussion and have your say.

Corruption has been singled out as being the most perilous threat to devolution in Kenya. His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta has frequently spoken out against the practice and led the Government (national and county) to initiate efforts and other strategies to eliminate the vice, which he has declared as a national security threat. During the recently concluded 6th Annual Devolution Conference held in Kirinyaga County in March 2019, the President re-emphasized his commitment to fighting corruption in all its forms. He also expressed confidence that all independent institutions mandated to facilitate the war against corruption had the requisite capacity to do so. On their part, county governments under the leadership of Excellency Governors have made efforts to stamp out the vice, which threatens to undermine achievement of the goals of devolution.

This week, CoG/Maarifa Centre is holding an online Community of Practice (CoP), to discuss the challenge of eradicating corruption in Kenya, and make proposals that can be included in current and future actions towards this goal. The 3-day online discussions are taking place on the Maarifa Platform (www.maarifa.cog.go.ke) between Tuesday 23 April and Thursday 25 April 2019. A summary of the discussions will be prepared and shared with participants thereafter, and used to contribute to the larger discourse at policy level.

CoG/Maarifa Centre invites you to sign up and contribute to the discussion. Once you sign into the portal, please follow the links to the Anti-Corruption CoP, and post your comments. Ensure that you log in throughout the day for the next three days to keep up with the debate and have your say.

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County Economic Blocs

1.0 Introduction

CountyEconomic Blocs were established as one of the innovative strategies fordelivering the objects of devolution in Counties. They were formed to facilitate efficientdelivery of some of the functions given under the Fourth Schedule of theConstitution of Kenya 2010, greater inter-county cooperation and consultation. Theblocs also serve as platforms to facilitate joint planning for those programsand projects that would be more efficiently carried out through joint effort. Seven County Economic Blocs have been formedto spur investment and inter-county trade, namely: (1) Jumuiya ya Kaunti zaPwani; (2) South East Kenya Economic Bloc; (3) Frontier Counties DevelopmentCouncil; (4) Central Kenya Economic Bloc; (5) Narok-Kajiado Economic Bloc; (6) NorthRift Economic Bloc, and; (7) Lake Region Economic Bloc.

A draftpolicy is in place to provide a framework for the operations of the economicblocs.

2.0 Devolution Conference as a platform forCounty Economic Blocs

The 6thAnnual Devolution Conference provides a key opportunity for prioritizingactions to be addressed in the sector, through the Conference resolutions. The Overall Conference theme is “Deliver. Transform. Measure. Remaining Accountable”. The Conference isstructured to address issues in the Big 4 sectors and associated enablers, and willdiscuss the following sub-themes:

  1. Sub theme 1:
  2. Sub theme 2:
  3. Sub theme 3:
  4. Sub theme 4:

Effectiveness of County County Economic Blocs will be discussed (asan enabler for the Big Four) under

3.0 Justification of Community of Practiceon “Effectiveness of County Economic Blocs”

Mostpractitioners and stakeholders who have an interest in the County EconomicBlocs might not have the opportunity of attending the Devolution Conference. Unfortunately, most of those who will attendwill not have a chance to incorporate their concerns and recommendations onsolutions for achieving effectiveness of the blocs. The COP will start on 13 Feb 2019 and end on 31 March 2019.

4.0 Objectives of the Agriculture SectorCOP

1. Enable stakeholders with an interest on the CountyEconomic Blocs to share knowledge and recommend solutions for addressing issuesand challenges that undermine effectiveness of the blocs.

2. To consolidate and share emerging recommendations forenhancing effectiveness of County Economic Blocs as part of the resolutions ofthe 6th Annual Devolution Conference by 2nd March 2019.

3. The COP contributions will be incorporated in ExpertOpinion Pieces to be published in local dailies.

4. The COP provides a platform that will enablepractitioners and stakeholders to continue conversations on critical issues andact on emerging resolutions even beyond the Devolution Conference 2019.

5.0 Specific role of COP members

As a member of the COP on “Effectiveness of County Economic Blocs”,you are invited to contribute your views by responding to the followingquestions in line with the structure of the corresponding plenum at the 6thAnnual Devolution conference.

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Agriculture

Food and Nutrition Security is one of the Big 4 Pillars. The 6thAnnual Devolution Conference provides a key opportunity for prioritizing actions to be addressed in the sector, through the Conference resolutions. The Overall Conference theme is Deliver. Transform. Measure. Remaining Accountable. The Conference is structured to address issues in the Big 4 sectors and associated enablers, and will discuss the following agriculture sub-themes:

  1. Sub theme 1: Taking stock
  2. Sub theme 2: Enablers of Agricultural Transformation
  3. Sub theme 3: Commitments and priorities

Most practitioners and stakeholders in the agriculture sector might not have the opportunity of attending the Devolution Conference. This notwithstanding, the views and expert opinions from all stakeholders is key in designing the sector development trajectory. It is upon this premise that the COP was developed to allow for sharing of ideas, strategies and interventions that can shape the future of agriculture. This is expected to build the momentum as the zero countdown to the devolution Conference begins. The COP will start on 13 Feb 2019 and end on 31 March 2019.

Objectives of the Agriculture Sector COP

1. Enable practitioners within the agriculture sector toshare knowledge and recommend solutions for addressing issues and challenges thatundermine food and nutrition security in Counties.

2. To consolidate and share emerging recommendations aspart of the resolutions of the 6th Annual Devolution Conference by 2ndMarch 2019.

3. The COP provides a platform that will enablepractitioners to continue conversations on critical issues and take action onthe agriculture sector resolutions even beyond the Conference.

Specific role of COP members

As a member of the COP onAgriculture, you are invited to contribute your views by responding to thefollowing questions in line with the agriculture sector sub themes.

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Health

Health is one of the Big 4 Pillars. The 6thAnnual Devolution Conference provides a key opportunity for prioritizing actions to be addressed in the sector, through the Conference resolutions. The Overall Conference theme is “Deliver. Transform. Measure. Remaining Accountable. The Conference is structured to address issues in the Big 4 sectors and associated enablers, and will discuss the following Health sub-themes:

§ Sub theme 1: Providing status of UHC

§ Sub theme 2: Review of the Enablers of for UHC

§ Sub theme 3: Setting targets

Health stakeholders are enthusiastic as demonstrated by the high level of attendance at the Health sector planning meetings. The sector stakeholders will therefore have the opportunity to practically interrogate the factors that will accelerate the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage, which is about access and affordability. Even though the sector has positioned itself to ensure every stakeholder get opportunity to effectively participate at the conference, not all key stakeholders may find time to attend. Those who may not attend will therefore be catered for through the formation of the health sector Community of Practice (COP) sessions where they will be provided a chance to contribute to the proceedings. The COP will start on 13 Feb 2019 and end on 31 March 2019.

Objectives of the Health Sector COP

1. Provide opportunity to the health sector stakeholders to share to share knowledge and recommend solutions in addressing issues and challenges that undermine quality health care in the Counties.

2. To consolidate and share emerging recommendations which should be considered as part of the Resolutions of the 6thAnnual Devolution Conference by 2ndMarch 2019.

3. The COP provides a platform that will enable practitioners to continue conversations on critical issues and take action on health sector resolutions even beyond the Conference.

Specific role of COP members

As a member of the COP on Health, you are invited to contribute your views by responding to the following questions in line with the health sector sub themes.

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